A woman must not have sexual relations with an animal

The Literal Commandment

Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. (Leviticus 18:23)

 

The literal commandment is that a woman mate with an animal.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Pictures of Messiah

The physical intimacy of sexual union between a husband and wife provides a physical picture of the spiritual intimacy that is supposed to exist between G-d and man and between Messiah and the bride of Messiah (the assembly of believers).

When that physical intimacy is "defiled" (to use the words of the commandment) by bringing an animal into the place of an honored husband then that picture is defiled and the message is corrupted. The message is twisted into "it is acceptable to have spiritual intimacy with something rather than the someOne with whom it is intended"... and that message is wrong.

That was the corrupted message of the Egyptian pantheon who had frog-headed goddesses and eagle-headed gods. It was out of this error that G-d drew His people, Israel, and brought them to Sinai and betrothed them with an everlasting covenant and taught them His good and holy ways.

G-d is a G-d of order and structure and we are not to violate the order He puts in place.

The Messiah is for salvation. There is no other part of creation intended for that purpose. Trying to find salvation in an animal-headed god is like trying to have sexual relations with that animal: G-d says "no".

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

Messiah was unable to fulfill this commandment because He is not a woman.

 

Traditional Observance

The traditional observance of this commandment is found in its literal sense: women not having sexual relations with an animal.

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment today and women should not have sexual relations with an animal.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 156
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 25- Forbidden Sexual Relations
  • Reference Leviticus 18:23
  • Scripture Book Leviticus
  • Chapter 18
  • Verse 23
  • English Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.
  • Hebrew כג וּבְכָל-בְּהֵמָה לֹא-תִתֵּן שְׁכָבְתְּךָ, לְטָמְאָה-בָהּ; וְאִשָּׁה, לֹא-תַעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי בְהֵמָה לְרִבְעָהּ--תֶּבֶל הוּא.
  • Greek 23 καὶ πρὸς πᾶν τετράπουν οὐ δώσεις τὴν κοίτην σου εἰς σπερματισμὸν ἐκμιανθῆναι πρὸς αὐτό, καὶ γυνὴ οὐ στήσεται πρὸς πᾶν τετράπουν βιβασθῆναι· μυσερὸν γάρ ἐστιν.
  • Parashah 29- Acharei Mot
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 211
  • Sef. Hach. Command The prohibition on carnal intimacy by a woman with an animal
  • Category Forbidden Sexual Relationships
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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